Just a few months left in the year and once again I am trying to assess how we have fared financially this year. I think almost any mom puts the budget among her new yearâ€™s resolution every year and although it is too early to start writing mine, I figured that I could benefit from budgeting tips any time of the year. Not only would constant reminders help a lot, it would hopefully prevent us from taking any cash advance loan in case of emergencies.
- Review the expenses. It would help a lot to list down all the household expenses and then from time to time, review them. Since almost Â¾ of the year is almost over, it is a good time to take stock of the household budget situation. Add up all the expenses and list them down in descending order. This would help a lot in seeing which things are taking up most of the family budget. You could also do this on a month by month basis. This way, you could easily identify the biggest expenditures and you could focus on bringing that down.
- Prepare for emergencies. In our experience emergency expenses could totally wipe out any good efforts for the year if you are not prepared for it in some way. Set aside money every month for future health emergencies, car troubles, or house repairs.
- Want or need? It can be pretty difficult to distinguish between these two especially if there are sales going on everywhere. However, limiting the spending on as little wants as possible and sticking to the needs could greatly improve the family expenses. Admittedly though, this is made even more difficult with how everything is within reach through online shopping.
- Set a goal. Every year, set financial goals for the family. Make sure the goal is bigger and better every year. This way, you do not just focus on limiting something which are expenses but you also work actively towards something.